I hope that this edition of Gallon’s Good News finds each of you in the excitement, hope, and promise of the 2019-2020 school year. As we have successfully welcomed back our students, I trust we have done so with an unabated commitment and passion to help them realize and achieve even higher levels of learning and life-long success.
As you continue to do this work, I encourage that you will do so with a spirit of dedication, integrity, and resiliency in your personal and professional endeavors.
Continue to have a positive, productive, and powerful 2019-2020 school year.
Steve Gallon III
School Board Member, District 1
September 4, 2019 Board Meeting
At the September 4, 2019 School Board Meeting, Dr. Gallon was actively engaged in his role as a policy maker as he successfully proffered a School Board agenda item that received unanimous approval and support from the Board.
Dr. Gallon’s item addressed the following:
H-13: Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Endorsement Of The NAACP Act-So Program
(to read more on this item, please click on the link below)
Biscayne Gardens Civic Association Meeting
It was a great turnout at the Biscayne Gardens Civic Association Meeting where Dr. Gallon and District staff discussed and presented the Biscayne Gardens/Thomas Jefferson K-8 Construction Project.
Dr. Gallon believes that community engagement and input are key to success in District 1.
Thursday Night Lights
Dr. Gallon was in attendance at the Miami Norland Senior vs. American Senior football game held on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Nathaniel Traz Powell Stadium.
Norland Middle Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
On September 12, 2019, Dr. Gallon was proud to stand with Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and students, as well as school and community stakeholders as they celebrated going “beyond the promise” with the ribbon-cutting for a multi-million dollar, state of the art Black Box Theater at Norland Middle School.
After seeing drama teacher Ms. Tanisha Cidel and her students shine in the dark urban tale and Academy Award Winner for Best Picture Moonlight, they shined light on the brilliance, beauty and talent of the students who created “magic” at Norland Middle School.
The Superintendent and Dr. Gallon came together and agreed to provide more for this school and students and go “beyond the promise” with millions more for the school’s construction project. Nearly an additional $8 million for the school from what was budgeted in 2012.
See footage here: https://miami.cbslocal.
FNU’s Powerhouse Meeting
Dr. Gallon walked into the large room at the PowerHouse Meeting and was immediately given the floor to give remarks.
This diverse group is comprised of various leaders and stakeholders that regularly meet to discuss and develop solutions to many issues in the community.
Dr. Gallon gave thanks to Rachel Tourgeman for the invitation and her passionate leadership and love for children and the community.
Visit to North County K-8 Center
Dr. Gallon believes it is always a pleasure when stakeholders see the work being done in real time. On September 16, 2019, he enjoyed his unannounced visit to North County K-8 Center with new principal Ms. Aisha Marrero.
While there, he was able to address some other issues on behalf of the school and children.
District 1 Town Hall Meeting
On the evening of September 17, 2019, there was great participation and engagement at the District 1 Town Hall Meeting.
Dr. Gallon gave thanks to all of the parents, educators, students, employees and community stakeholders that came out to discuss the educational progress and promise of District 1 schools and most important, students.
North Miami & AHED 2019 Annual Back to School Breakfast
Dr. Gallon served as guest speaker at the North Miami and AHED 2019 Annual Back to School Breakfast where they celebrated education, educators, and a new school year.
2019 NAACP Freedom Fund Gala
Dr. Gallon was deeply humbled to be the 2019 Honoree for Education by the Miami-Dade Chapter of the NAACP.
Of all the honors that he has received at the local, state, and national levels, this award held a special place in his heart, journey, and life’s work.
He gave congratulations to the other four honorees and thanks to NAACP President Ruban Rob and the leadership and membership of NAACP.
2020 Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation Meeting
On the morning of September 25, 2019, the Miami-Dade County School Board and Cabinet members recognized and met with the 2020 Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation members.
2019 Council of Urban Boards of Education Annual Conference (CUBE)
Dr. Gallon (CUBE Vice Chair) welcomed CUBE 2019 attendees to the National Conference, held in Miami September 26-28, 2019. M-DCPS Vice Chair Dr. Martin Karp, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, and several other District staff members were in attendance. In addition, CUBE conference attendees visited two District schools, iPrep Academy and William H. Turner Technical Arts High School, as a part of the school site visit component of the conference.
The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Annual Conference is designed to foster effective school district leadership through practical clinic sessions and peer-led district workshops. CUBE has convened school board members from across the nation for the past 51 years to network and share the continually evolving strategies they are using to address the unique educational challenges that exist in our nation’s urban centers.
Dr. Gallon reminded attendees that as school board members, leaders and educators, and stakeholders for students, that they must continue to unapologetically stand, speak, and fight for access to high quality education, opportunities, and outcomes for all students.
He also gave a special thank you to Maestro Richard Beckford and the Miami Carol City Senior Jazz Band for their amazing performance at the 2019 CUBE awards dinner.